Sacramento architecture spans styles from the Gold Rush era to Victorian structures, classic
Craftsman bungalows and more.  To learn more about Sacramento’s historic architecture,
Sacramento Heritage invites you to take advantage of some of the fascinating walking tours of
Sacramento's landmark, historic places.

Sacramento Heritage developed a series of its own on-line historic tours of Sacramento  while also
featuring other organizations’ walking tours available in Sacramento, both self-guided and guided.  
Please note that Sacramento Heritage cannot vouch for the accuracy of tour information in tours other than its own
and those produced by the Sacramento County Historical Society.
Walking Tours of Sacramento's Historic Treasures

WALKING TOURS SPONSORED BY SACRAMENTO HERITAGE

Sacramento Heritage created self-guided walking tours with maps that allow locals
and visitors to Sacramento to enjoy the city's historical wonders at their own pace.  




Sac Heritage Tour 1: Downtown - City Hall Area
The City Hall Area Walking Tour begins from Sacramento’s City Hall fronting the one
block square Cesar Chavez Plaza. The California State Capitol was to be located on
the plaza site, until plans were halted and the property returned to the City. The
square, known as City Plaza, was made the central feature of John Noland’s 1915
vision of a Civic Center, a formal park framed by City Hall, a post office, an
auditorium, art gallery, library, hotel, and offices. The City of Sacramento completed
two buildings in the master plan, City Hall and the Sacramento Library.



Sac Heritage Tour 2:  J and K Street Commercial Corridor
The Commercial Corridor tour highlights some of the most important historic
buildings in Sacramento on J and K Streets, the central core of the city's formative
years.  J Street was a major thoroughfare leading from the Sacramento River to 12th
Street, where routes continued east to the gold mine settlements of Hangtown
(Placerville) and Coloma, or turned north toward Auburn and Marysville.  Because J
and K Streets were the most heavily-travelled, businesses were first constructed on
the city blocks lining these streets.






Sac Heritage Tour 3: State Capitol Area
The tour of the State Capitol Area highlights impressive State government buildings
and surrounding office buildings, hotels and apartment buildings which support the
active political and social sector of Sacramento. Originally, when the state
government moved into the Capitol building in 1874, Capitol Park was edged by
Victorian era homes. Over the 20th century buildings by Sacramento’s most beloved
architects were located here as the City and State government grew in size. These
structures of various architectural styles depict the layered development and aesthetic
of the City’s historic core.

State Capitol Area Brochure, including map

Note:  The brochure is designed to be printed in 11" by 17" format, but can be printed in 8.5" by
11" format.  If you wish to print the brochure in 11" by 17" format,
The City Hall Area
printing, assembly and folding instructions. If you wish to print in 8.5" by 11" format,
select the 8.5" by 11" paper size in your browser's print menu.

WALKING TOURS SPONSORED BY SACRAMENTO COUNTY
HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Historical Society Tour 1:
Self Guided Walking Tour of Historic Buildings on K Street



SACRAMENTO OLD CITY CEMETERY WALKING TOUR



SACRAMENTO MODERN MIDTOWN COMMERCIAL TOUR

Sacramento Modern - Midtown Commercial Tour

SACRAMENTO BUNGALOW HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
WALKING TOUR



In 1998, the Sacramento Bungalow Heritage Association published a walking tour of
several Midtown/East Sac neighborhoods. While this organization no longer exists,
this tour is a reminder of the important work the Association did.

OAK PARK WALKING TOUR

Sac State Professor Robin Datel prepared this tour featuring historical points of
interest in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood, one of Sacramento's first streetcar
suburbs.


BOULEVARD PARK WALKING TOUR




Produced in 1994 by the Historic Boulevard Park Committee, this tour features
homes and other features in one of Sacramento's most historic neighborhoods,
Boulevard Park.  Once the location of the California State Fairgrounds, Boulevard
Park features an interesting and eclectic collection of Midtown Sacramento homes.

CURTIS PARK WALKING TOURS

1. Curtis Oaks Tour



2. South Curtis Oaks Tour





3. Saint Francis Oaks Tour









PROMOTING &  PRESERVING
SACRAMENTO'S ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE
HISTORIC
PLAQUE
PROGRAM
Unless otherwise noted,
all photos on this
Website are by Lisa
Ouellette